John J. Barnes

  • Born: January 31, 1925
  • Died: May 4, 2013
  • Location: Holland Patent/ Malta, New York

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Tribute & Message From The Family

John J. Barnes Holland Patent/Malta, NY John J. Barnes, 88, of 26 Rock Rose Way, Malta NY, former Mayor of the Village of Holland Patent and a veteran of D-Day landing at Normandy, died Saturday May 4th, 2013, at Saratoga Hospital. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Anna Marie (Feigenbaum), who passed away in 2012. They were married in Niagara Falls, NY in 1949. He is also predeceased by his son Michael, who died in 1996. He is survived by four daughters, Mary Ellen Barnes of Westport Island Maine, Johanna Wilkinson of East Dundee, Illinois, Rebecca Mansir and her husband Michael of Ballston Spa NY, and Sarah Clapham and her husband William of Maxwelton, West Virginia. He was the proud grandparent of eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ryan and Steven Wilkinson, Erin, Emily and Carolyn Mansir, and Abigale and Mary Clapham. Mr. Barnes was born on January 31, 1925 in Utica, NY, the son of the late John H. and Luella Gagan Barnes. He was a graduate of Utica Catholic Academy and received bachelor's degree from Niagara University. He completed graduate studies at Niagara, Colgate and Syracuse Universities. For 33 years he was a teacher of Social Studies and English in the Holland Patent Central School District. He was former president of the Holland Patent Teachers Association, past commander and Life Member of the Leon R. Roberts American Legion Post 161, and a charter member and past president of the Holland Patent Lions Club. He was a member of St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, Holland Patent, where he served as lector and Eucharistic minister from the onset of Vatican II. On June 6, 1944, he was a member of A Company, 116th Inf Regt., 29th Div. which landed on Omaha Beach. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and five battle stars during two and one half years of military service. In 2007, he received the French Legion of Honor Medal In 1969, he was elected Holland Patent village trustee and elected mayor in 1975, serving three terms. The New Holland Hall was constructed during his first term. A hook-up to the Utica Water system was completed, as a result of the Yersinois disease crisis in his second term. He also served two terms as Town of Trenton councilman. Mr. Barnes was an original member of the board of directors for Hope House, the hospitality and food center in the Utica inner city, where he also served as day manager on Mondays. He was also the author of two books, Fragments of my Life with Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, and Rifleman of the Revolution, the Story of Tim Murphy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leo's & Ann's Church in Holland Patent on Wednesday, May 15th, at 9:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday May 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home 7944 Steuben St. Holland Patent. The family would like to thank the staff at the Home of Good Shepherd in Malta, for their tireless devotion and caring service. In lieu of flowers please consider the Hope House at PO Box 161, Utica, NY, 13501. For online expressions of sympathy please go to